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Christians Attacked in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

January 30, 2006

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Christians Attacked in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

The Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) expresses deep concern at the latest attack against the Christian Minority group in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

On 27th of January 2006 at 9:30 am, three pastors and about 20 others were seriously injured when around 30 fundamentalists attacked the prayer meeting they were attending in Govindpur district.

While the prayer meeting was being held in the house of one of the Christ, Mr. Freddie Prakash, somebody threw a stone at the window. In the commotion that ensued 30 persons barged into the house and started beating the Christians present with sticks.

Rev. S.V. Francis who was leading the prayer meeting suffered serious injuries to his hand and leg. Rev. Kishore Vathwani, a visiting pastor, from Nagpur suffered serious head injuries and Rev Ivan Pereira suffered injuries to his head and hand. They are presently admitted in Hemedia Hospital, a state run hospital.

The police have registered a case against the unidentified assailants under sections of the Indian Penal Code.

EFI has also learnt of two other incidents of violence against the community on the 25th and 26th of January at Jhubha and Jabalpur, respectively.

Suggested action:

The EFI is deeply concerned about this case and requests your immediate intervention.

  • Please uphold the Christians in Bhopal Madhya Pradesh in your prayers

  • Please write a letter to the addresses listed below expressing your concern about this case.

Respectfully,

Rev. Richard Howell

General Secretary

Evangelical Fellowship of India

EFI is a Charter member of the World Evangelical Alliance, an NGO in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations your prayers and intervention.

President of India,

His Excellency Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Azad

Rashtrapati Bhavan,

New Delhi - 110 004, India

Phone : +91-11-23015321,

Fax : +91-11-23017290/ +91-11-23017824

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Prime Minister\'s Office

Hon’ble Dr. Manmohan Singh

Office Address Room No. 152,

South Block,

New Delhi, 110001, India

Phone: +91-11-23012312

Fax: +91-11-23016857

Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh

Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Vallabh Bhavan

Madhya Pradesh

Fax 0755-450 501;

Phone 91-755-450500; 91-755-(450502 to 450504)

Email cm@mp.nic.in

Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission of India

Honb’le Dr. Justice A. S. Anand

Faridkot House, Copernicus Marg

New Delhi-110001, India

Tel: + 91 11 23074448

E-mail: chairnhrc@nic.in